Review: Mysterious Universe

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Mysterious Universe is a weekly podcast, running generally around 40-60 minutes, hosted by Benjamin Grundy that covers strange stories, the paranormal and conspiracy theories.

Mysterious Universe is popular enough that Grundy was able to quit is day job at the beginning of 2007 and become one of the few professional podcasters. MU is offered as a free podcast, but by paying $5 a month you can access an extended version, plus 2 episodes of spin-off podcast Mind Shots. Because of this structure, you can sometimes feel like you’re not hearing the full podcast, and that perhaps the best stories are being held ransom for $5. Nevertheless, the free MU provides an excellent range of stories and very high production values. Grundy knows how to make a podcast and tries to offer a variety of topics each week.

Even so, sometimes I have found myself rolling my eyes at yet another freakin’ Big Foot story, and many of the guest interviews are — in my opinion — nothing more than ignorant crackpots which I find depressing rather than interesting to listen to. Grundy himself often takes blog articles and Internet rumors at face value, and doesn’t offer both sides often enough. To be fair, he does quote his sources and will usually comment if a source is not 100% trustworthy, but I would like to see more interviews and articles offering the other side of the argument.

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Ratings for Mysterious Universe
8/10 Entertainment value
The variety of topics is generally wide, but there are times when too much attention is given to a particular topic.
7/10 Quality of content
Well researched, but the sources are often of dubious quality.
10/10 Production quality
An extremely well produced podcast.
7/10 Overall
If you’re interested in the paranormal, this is perhaps the best of breed. Great variety of topics, but I would like to see more evenhandedness.
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3 Comments

  1. Joe Schmoe
    Posted March 20, 2008 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Anyone know where http://www.mysteriousuniverse.org went? Seems to be offline for about a week now.

  2. podwatch
    Posted March 20, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    hmm no I’m not sure. Strange that it would go down for so long without Ben letting the listers know through the podcast :/

  3. fewmet
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    well produced but progressively more silly, uninteresting and nasty. Bad attitude toward anyone older that 40. Frequent generally unkind comments. Equally frequent delays in publishing and excuses for being late.

    A good think that is going bad.


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